September Adventures: Fewer miles to more places

When I started actually thinking about my travels in September I was certain that it would be more than my August trips. South America, Europe and a couple west coast runs seemed like it should be more total miles than my nearly 30,000 in August. Alas, it seems I’m pretty bad at geography or at least at estimating my travels. That’s not to say I won’t be traveling a ton (24,995 miles at last count); it is just not quite as many miles as I expected. And nearly all of it is in coach.


I just got back from another few days in Rio which was spectacular. The sun was out, the beach was warm and the caipirinhas were delicious. Plus I brought back 6 bottles of cachaça so I can make my own for the next few months. That was roughly 5,000 miles of the flying but there’s still much more to be done. I’ve got a work trip to Southern California, a transatlantic ticket I haven’t purchased yet to get me to Oslo in time for the SAS MD80 farewell Do, a BA A80 long-haul inaugural from Heathrow to LAX and then FTU in Tampa at the end of the month. Only one segment – LAX-JFK after the BA inaugural – is confirmed in a premium cabin as of right now. I get to travel a lot the old-fashioned way: In coach.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.


  1. You should check out The Points Guy. He has some tips about how to survive long flights in coach!

    1. Yeah…I saw his self-indulgent pity-party of a post today. I fly in coach a lot, every year. I’ve never hidden that. I actually do it on purpose as it means I get to g more places more often and that’s what’s important to me, not the color of the amenity kit or the amount of salt on the pre-flight nuts (I actually rarely eat them). I like premium cabin travel as much as anyone else but I fly lots of long-haul in Y, too. And I’ve got absolutely no complaints about that at all.

      If I need advice about a CC I’ll read what TPG has to offer. But for real world travel experience on a normal budget I’ll pass. I don’t think he offers much in that category.

      1. Seth, in my opinion, you are one of the last great “true” travel bloggers out there and I love reading what you have to write about. Especially your thoughts regarding the “other” travel bloggers. You sir, are a gentleman and a scholar. Keep it up.

  2. It does seem that many of the leading points and miles bloggers have premium travel fixations and assumptions. I skip quickly over all the pretty pictures of first class seats, luxury hotel suites, and lounge amenities, looking for content about how to maximize getting to more places more often, as you put it. Don’t get me wrong – they each have their valid strong points too, or I wouldn’t read them, but thanks for what you do.

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